Every one of us has an opinion. And there are so many factors, so many variables that shape it.
That opinion can be objective, or visceral. And its yours, and only yours, so is the reason that shapes your opinion.
In this world where we are so fundamentally identical and so uncannily unique, our opinions and our reasons are the brightest and the biggest beacons of our individuality.
The best thing about opinions is that they change. With time, with experience, with a greater perspective, sometimes with a sudden change, a sudden revelation.
And it’s never wrong to voice our opinions. Never.
What’s wrong is denigrating others and their opinions. What’s wrong is the intent to influence others and robbing them of their opinions.
And we have to draw that line ourselves.
Conviction is a stronger proclivity. It is much more visceral. Changing an opinion is much easier than letting go of a belief. Because, though intuitive sometimes, an opinion is a more factual outlook and a more balanced conduit to express oneself.
You are not always associated to your opinion. You are not always identified by it. You are not your opinion. You are how you teeter on that edge of changing and sticking to your opinion.
And a belief brews when you stick to your opinion, despite its flaws, you view it unilaterally, you believe.
A belief is very hard to let go. There has to be some sort of epiphany. Or a serious trigger which topples the palace of your inclinations, thoughts and value systems.
Adherence to a belief is not harmful, unless it bypasses and overlooks the unchallangeable entities and constants. And that happens more often than not.
And with social media joining the fray, the whole world has transformed into one big sea of opinions and beliefs to find our answers, and maybe ourselves.
Conflict arises when your opinion is not in congruence with the opinion of someone else. And it gets ugly when when your opinion is pitted against a belief.
Its not a conflict anymore, as
Dissent is viewed as an insult. Question, as an insinuation and even blasphemy!
And if a belief goes against a belief? Hallelujah!